1990 Pontiac Grand Prix SE 3.1 V6
A Money Pit In The High Miles
Replaced brake pads on this car more often than any other car I have owned, beginning at 20,000 miles.
Noticeable paint chipping at 30,000 miles (especially off of trim).
Power steering pump failed at 50,000 miles during a trip from Connecticut to Chicago.
Driver's side electric window would not open or close on occasion.
Went through 5 alternators on this car.
Right rear strut froze at 80,000 miles.
Replaced transmission at 175,000 miles.
Front driver's seat broke loose from one of its mounts at 180,000 miles (had to be welded).
Fuel pump failed at 199,000.
The 3.1 engine itself is a workhorse and has never burned oil or required any major repair.
Car handled well in its 'youth' - nice torque for a 6 as well.
Brake system was inadequate for this size car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 18th December, 2002
10th Sep 2004, 12:10
I have the same problems with my Grand Prix LE. The brakes, overheating, runs rough, and overheating are my major problems. She still peals out though!
4th Feb 2005, 12:37
I bought a 1990 Grand Prix in 2002 had 220,000 miles for $300.00. Still running today, no problems. Never replaced anything except the plugs and brakes. Now I have 315,000 miles and still running well. Just wanted Pontiac to know that they did a good job.
12th Oct 2010, 13:26
I have a turbo Grand Prix. My power steering line blew as well. I also have over heating problems and battery relay problems.